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International Federation for Equestrian Sports


The Fédération Équestre Internationale (commonly known as the FEI) or in English, the International Federation for Equestrian Sports, is the international governing body of equestrian (horse) sports. It recognizes and governs ten disciplines: dressage, combined driving, endurance riding, eventing, horseball, para-equestrianism, reining, show jumping, tent pegging, and vaulting.

The FEI does not govern or provide rules for horse racing or polo, but in the latter case, it has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Federation of International Polo. The FEI has organized the FEI World Equestrian Games quadrennially (every four years) since 1990.

The FEI headquarters are in Lausanne, Switzerland.

An FEI code of conduct [1] protects the welfare of the horses from physical abuse or doping.

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History

The FEI was formed in 1921 with the joining of the national organizations of Belgium (BEL), Denmark (DEN), France (FRA), Italy (ITA), Japan (JAP), Norway (NOR), Sweden (SWE) and the United States of America (USA). Today, there are 134 National Organizations who are affiliated with the FEI, the newest members being Albania, Cambodia, and Yemen who joined in 2007.

Presidents

There have been 12 different presidents of the organization, serving 13 individual terms. Major Jhkr Karl F. Quarles van Ufford is the only individual to have served twice.[2]

President

Term

1

Flag of France Baron du Teil

1921–1927
2

Flag of Netherlands General Gerrit Johannes Maris

1927–1929
3

Flag of Netherlands Major Jhkr Karl F. Quarles van Ufford

1929–1931
4

Flag of the United States General Guy V. Henry

1931–1935
5

Flag of Germany Baron Max Von Holzing-Bertstett

1935–1936
6

Flag of Netherlands Major Jhkr Karl F. Quarles van Ufford

1936–1939
7

Flag of Finland Magnus Rydman

1939–1946
8

Flag of Belgium Baron Gaston de Trannoy

1946–1954
9

Flag of Netherlands HRH Bernard, Prince of the Netherlands

1954–1964
10

Flag of United Kingdom HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

1964–1986
11

Flag of United Kingdom HRH The Princess Royal

1986–1994
12

Flag of Spain HRH La Infanta Pilar, Duchess of Badajoz

1994–2006
13

Flag of Jordan HRH Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein

2006–

See also

See Concours de Saut International for rules on show jumping

See Concours Complet International for rules on eventing<p> Also see each individual sport

References

  1. The FEI Code of Conduct for the Welfare of the Horse
  2. Successive FEI Presidents

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